Governor and Governing Board
The decision-making bodies of the Bank of Slovenia are the Governor of the Bank of Slovenia and the Governing Board of the Bank of Slovenia.
The Governor of the Bank of Slovenia:
- directs the business, organises the work, and acts as the Bank of Slovenia’s statutory representative,
- carries out the decisions taken by the Governing Board, and issues individual and general Bank of Slovenia bylaws that do not fall under the remit of the Governing Board, and
- issues guidelines for implementing Governing Board resolutions and regulations.
The Governing Board of the Bank of Slovenia, which comprises five members (the governor and four vice-governors):
- decides on matters that according to the Bank of Slovenia Act and other laws lie within the powers and responsibilities of the Bank of Slovenia,
- proposes the external auditor,
- regulates the employment-related rights and obligations of members of the Governing Board,
- determines whether membership of the Governing Board is compatible with other functions, and
- takes positions on the Bank of Slovenia’s internal administrative matters.
The governor’s central advisory board is an expert advisory body that meets as required. It consists of the governor, the vice-governors, the secretary general and the directors.
The committees represent a form of collaboration between the departments and the decision-making bodies (via the vice-governors’ membership of the committees), which aims at supporting the performance of the duties of Bank of Slovenia bodies in a particular area as defined by law. The objectives pursued by the committees are in line with the Bank of Slovenia’s strategy. The committees provide for comprehensive discussion of the area in question, assess the strategic and other long-term aspects of the area of work, provide a platform for the exchange of opinions and information in the area of work between various departments, discuss proposals received from the departments and the initiatives of committee members relating to the area in question, and provide their own opinions with regard to material for the decision-making bodies.
The committees each consist of two members of the Governing Board and two executive directors. Currently the following committees operate at the Bank of Slovenia:
- the Monetary Policy Committee
- the Supervision Committee
- the Risk Committee
- the Investment Committee
The Audit Committee’s mission is to improve governance at the Bank of Slovenia by means of additional audit oversight alongside internal and external auditing.
The Audit Committee consists of Deputy Governor, one representative of the Governing Board of the Bank of Slovenia and two external experts. It functions as a consultative body to the Governing Board. It formulates opinions and advice to aid the Governing Board in making decisions with regard to:
- ensuring that the financial statements are faultless,
- supervising internal controls and risk management,
- ensuring the functioning of auditing at the Bank of Slovenia, and
- ensuring compliance with legislation, guidelines, the code of ethics and other bylaws.
The Audit Committee met seven times in 2016. It discussed the external auditor’s report on the audited financial statements, and proposed them to the Governing Board for adoption. It also monitored the implementation of internal audit recommendations, thereby contributing to risk management.
The Bank of Slovenia’s financial statements are audited by an independent international auditor selected for a three-year period (Article 52 of the Bank of Slovenia Act) in accordance with Article 27(1) of the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB, which stipulates that the accounts of the ECB and national central banks are audited by independent external auditors recommended by the Governing Council and approved by the Council. The auditors are authorised to inspect all the accounts and books of account of the ECB and the national central banks, and to obtain complete information about their operations. The Governing Board of the Bank of Slovenia selects and proposes a candidate to go forward to the final selection procedure following the prior collection of tenders at least six months before the expiry of the contract signed with the previous auditor.
Internal Audit Department
The Internal Audit Department, which answers directly to the governor, provides independent assurances of the suitability and effectiveness of the governance process, risk management processes and internal control systems, and assurances of compliance. In ensuring that the Bank of Slovenia’s financial statements are faultless and that the internal audit function is effective, the Governing Board is advised by the Audit Committee, which also provides opinions to assist it.
In the exercise of its public powers and tasks as set out by the Bank of Slovenia Act and the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB, the Bank of Slovenia endeavours to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct on the part of its staff, in accordance with the common guidelines and values established within the framework of the ESCB and the ECB. The Bank of Slovenia sets out rules of ethical conduct for its staff to ensure the highest levels of independence, objectivity, honesty and transparency in their conduct. Upholding these rules is an essential prerequisite for building and maintaining the public’s trust in the sound governance of the Bank of Slovenia in carrying out its duties.
Calendars of the Bank of Slovenia Board Members
The Bank of Slovenia publishes the meeting calendars of the Bank of Slovenia Board Members, acting in their capacity as governor or vice-governor of the Bank of Slovenia or in their capacity as members of ECB high level bodies. Meeting calendars are published with a time lag of about three months.
Calendars include information on public and non public meetings and events attended by individual member, interacting with external parties (public and private institutions and individuals), as well as their participation on the Bank of Slovenia Board meetings, meetings of high level bodies of the ECB and other institutional meetings of EU or other international institutions. However, internal Eurosystem meetings are not published (i.e. meetings with representatives of ECB or other Eurosystem national central banks and national competent authorities responsible for supervision of credit institutions are considered internal).
Public calendars shall include information on the date, name of participants/organizers, topic and location of the meeting/event, unless such publication could jeopardize the protection of confidentiality recognised by the law or undermine the public interest.